About the artworkThe human form is central to my current practise with female figures a present focus. The current series Elle 1:1 000 000 celebrates and debates the female form and the inner strength of women around the world. The images are predominantly taken from newspaper cuttings with real life, distorted by media interpretation, given a vibrant captivating existence. Working in a semi abstract way images gradually emerge and minimal detail is included with ambiguity essential and energetic mark making vital to the image making process. Fast-drying acrylic paints allow layers to build up and working on multiple images, Sara move through a series of images simultaneously to retain a freshness and immediacy. She uses a limited palette and incorporate printmaking techniques into the paintings which are constructed using stencils and layered mark-making. Using a limited palette a woman is described, portrayed in just a few deft painterly brushstrokes. Sensitively executed, she represents contemporary woman with no facial features necessary. Painterly brush marks are juxtaposed against hard edged brush marks and the negative spaces around the figure are given equal importance in the handling
Sara Hayward Graduated from the Ruskin School of Art (Oxford University), Fine Art. 1986. She furthers her studies in 1988 when studying print making at the Royal College of Art. Since initially graduating Sarah has become an established artist who loves and works in Worcestershire. Saraâ€™s inspiration stems from her travels abroad, she often visits the coast lines of Europe as well as the shorelines closer to home in England. Sara's artworks include abstract pieces, still life, seascapes as well as portraits. Her portrait of Henry Sandon MBE hangs in the Museum of Royal Worcester's permanent collection.